A graffiti attack over the weekend in Pacific left at least 50 gang-style signs on mail boxes, vehicles, telephone pedestals, roadway signs and fences along a mile of Skinner Avenue.
One house and a garage door also were marked with a black marker of some kind during the spree overnight Saturday.
By Monday most of the signs had been painted over or removed, said Mayor Rich Hildreth , who went out Sunday to remove the “tagging” and talk to those whose property was marked. He also took photos for police and gang unit members.
Hildreth said the signs could have been done by vandals, or by real or wannabe gang members. What it means is anyone’s guess, he said.
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“Personally, I think it was a group going through trying to mark territory saying we are going to take over this area,” Hildreth said.
The best response from the community, he said, is to remove or cover up tags immediately. Residents also need to report suspicious activity to the police.
Hildreth said there has been gang activity in Pacific in the past, including two drive-by shootings in May. Pacific police work with the King County Gang Task Force.